9 Top-Rated Resorts in Idaho
Affectionately known as the "Gem State," Idaho is a must-visit destination in the northwest USA for vacationers seeking to enjoy some of the country's most stunning mountain scenery. It's also where you'll find top-rated ski and wilderness resorts. Popular getaways include a stay at Shore Lodge, an intimate lakeside luxury resort set amid the mountains, and the elegant European-inspired Knob Hill Inn. For a dose of extreme luxury, The Coeur d'Alene Resort is worth every penny of your room rate - especially when you factor in the chauffeur-driven BMW experience. Whatever your budget or interests, you'll find plenty of great places to stay with our list of the top-rated resorts in Idaho.
1 Shore Lodge, McCall
The elegant Shore Lodge in McCall has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top-rated resorts in Idaho. Not only does this elegant property possess the kind of magnificent lake and mountain views you'd normally expect to see in places like Switzerland, it also boasts the same appeal as a top luxury destination in Europe. Consisting of just 75 suites (many of them overlooking glacier-fed Payette Lake), the resort spoils guests with beautifully decorated accommodations that include a choice of king or queen beds, separate seating areas with a pullout couch, a fridge, HDTV, and a large outdoor patio.
The resort offers excellent amenities, too. Highlights include a heated swimming pool with a hot tub, a gym, games room, and fire pit. There's also a movie theater, along with fine and casual dining options. For guests wanting to explore nearby McCall, a shuttle service is provided, and valet parking is available. Use of the resort's bikes is also included in your stay.
Accommodation: Shore Lodge
2 Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum
One of Idaho's top boutique-style resorts, the delightful Knob Hill Inn is the perfect base for a great summer or winter getaway. Features include unhurried breakfasts in the quaint Fireplace Room, as well as lunches and dinners in the inn's restaurant, The Grill at Knob Hill. Also worth checking out is the inn's heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. A shuttle service is available to various points in and around Sun Valley and Ketchum when the urge to venture farther afield strikes, whether for off-site dining, a hiking or biking adventure, or skiing (gear storage provided). For a real treat, be sure to book an in-room massage.
The 450-square-foot king rooms are a popular choice for couples. These well-appointed rooms also feature a living area with a wet bar, marble bathrooms with large bathtubs and walk-in showers, and balconies with superb views of the mountains. An upgrade provides the chance to stay in one of the slightly larger fireplace rooms, each with a genuine woodburning fireplace. There are also a small number of spacious one-bedroom suites.
Accommodation: Knob Hill Inn
3 Teton Springs Lodge and Spa, Victor
With the magnificent unspoiled beauty of the Teton Valley as a backdrop, Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is perfect for those looking for first-rate accommodations close to the famous attractions of Yellowstone National Park. In addition to exploring the surrounding countryside, guests enjoy a variety of other activities, from golf and tennis to fishing during the warmer months, while in winter, it's all about activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as exciting heli-skiing adventures. A variety of treatments and services are also available in the resort's Stillwater Spa, and on-site dining can be enjoyed in the café bistro and restaurant.
While the resort boasts a variety of different accommodation options, one of the most popular with families and larger groups are the two-bedroom luxury suites. These large and classy units with their elegant wood finishes and flourishes sleep up to eight guests in comfort and come with full-kitchens, separate living rooms with fireplaces and ample seating, plus balconies.
Accommodation: Teton Springs Lodge and Spa
4 Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley
Another luxury vacation destination worth considering when in Idaho is the elegant Sun Valley Lodge. The resort consists of 108 spacious guestrooms, and a popular option for couples are the cozy king suites. Notable features include custom furnishings, separate entrance areas, large bathrooms with granite floors, big bathtubs and stand-alone showers, HDTVs, as well as mini-fridges and coffee makers. A version of this room with two queen beds is also available, as are rooms with ski closets.
A must-do for those who enjoy a spot of pampering is visiting the 20,000-square-foot spa and recreation area. Here, you'll also find the fitness center and yoga studio offering regular classes, along with the glass-enclosed, heated outdoor pool. There's great dining on-site, too, including a café at the pool and restaurants. Other fun activities include downhill skiing and snowboarding, along with Nordic and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Accommodation: Sun Valley Lodge
5 The Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene
The luxurious Coeur d'Alene Resort, located in the quaint, lakeside town of the same name, offers guests a world-class vacation experience in the heart of Idaho's magnificent northwestern mountain region. As popular with groups and families as it is with couples, this world-class resort is especially loved for its magnificent lakeside setting (be sure to ask for a lake view if available). Amenities of note include a full-service spa; dining (including in-room options); a heated infinity pool; and for golfers, the opportunity to tee-off from the world's only "floating green" (it's built on a platform on the lake). A nice perk is the chance to enjoy a chauffeur-driven BMW when the need arises to get out and about.
The rooms at The Coeur d'Alene are equally interesting. One of the top choices are the luxurious fireplace suites, each with a spacious bathroom with a large tub, granite sink, separate shower, and bathrobes. These rooms also come with their own private balcony with lake views. If you really want to splash out, go for the 2,500-square-foot penthouse suite. Popular with visiting celebrities, the suite features an in-room waterfall bathtub, separate living and dining rooms, a fireplace, hot tub, and private glass-bottom swimming pool.
Accommodation: The Coeur d'Alene Resort
6 Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley
Since opening to the public back in 1937, Sun Valley Inn has been offering visitors excellent accommodations from which to explore and enjoy the beautiful Sun Valley area. Looking not unlike an Alpine mountain chalet, this charming property features great amenities, including two restaurants, convention space, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and a gym. Golfing on nearby championship courses is popular during the summer, and there's also plenty of fun here during the winter, with activities like downhill and cross-country skiing.
The rooms are cozy and comfortable and come with standard features, including a mini-fridge; tea and coffee supplies; a 55-inch HDTV; and a spacious bathroom with wood accents, a granite countertop, and stand-alone shower. Upgraded rooms include pullout couches, as well as marble bathtubs with bathrobes.
Accommodation: Sun Valley Inn
7 The Lodge at Sandpoint, Sagle
One of Idaho's top lakeside boutique hotels, The Lodge at Sandpoint offers guests an intimate vacation experience. Consisting of just 29 rooms and suites, along with a quaint guesthouse and stand-alone cottage, the lodge has a lovely
sandy beach on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, lakeside patios on which to unwind and relax, and an expansive verandah offering great views over the mountains. Other on-site amenities include a fitness room, two hot tubs, and a reading room. A nice added perk is the inclusion of a continental breakfast. There's also much to do nearby, including activities such as golf, boating, and in winter, plenty of ski action.
The rooms here boast such features as comfortable pillow-top beds, spacious bathrooms, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. The largest suite consists of some 1,100 square feet of living space, including a master bedroom, a kitchenette with full-size appliances, a fireplace, plus a private balcony. A number of easily accessible units are available for those with mobility issues, and pets are welcome in some units (be sure to request either need in advance).
Accommodation: The Lodge at Sandpoint
8 Schweitzer Mountain Resort Lodging, Sandpoint
One of Idaho's top ski destinations, Schweitzer Mountain Resort is set amid an impressive 2,900 acres of ski terrain. The resort is as popular with downhill skiers and snowboarders as it is with Nordic and cross-country ski fans - the resort in fact boasts more than 25 miles of trails, most of which is also good for snowshoeing. The resort village also offers plenty of indoor fun, including a full-service spa, swimming pools, a fitness center (yoga classes offered), plenty of restaurants, a movie theater, as well as shopping. There's also plenty of organized kids' activities and programs, including crafts and art.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to accommodations, too. Popular options for larger groups and families include huge three-bedroom suites capable of sleeping up to 10 guests. These 2,000-square-foot units are spread across three levels and come with features such as a separate games room with arcade-style video games, a full-kitchen, and ample living space.
Accommodation: Schweitzer Mountain Resort Lodging
9 Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Sandpoint
For something completely different, check out the historic Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint. Recalling the spirit if the Old West - the same family has run the ranch for more than 100 years - this back-to-nature experience provides an opportunity to stay in unique log cabins and lodge-style accommodations while enjoying horseback riding adventures. Other notable amenities include the Great Room, perfect for dining and meetings, a recreation room, an outdoor hot tub, plus a basketball court. Laundry facilities are also available.
One of the most popular accomodation options, the Meadowview Cabin sleeps six comfortably and boasts stunning views over the ranch. Highlights include a large stone fireplace, a spacious bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, a full-kitchen with appliances, plus a large wrap-around deck. Smaller rooms are also available.
Accommodation: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch